Residents of Bethlehem are subject to a 7pm to 6am curfew in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 (CNA/Alexander Gatsenko, shutterstock)

COVID-19 has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town at the height of holiday season. Source: Crux.

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The Pacific leaders

Australian religious and political leaders have supported an open letter from 15 Pacific leaders to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, asking him to take climate action ahead of a United Nations summit next week. Source: Edmund Rice Centre.

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Cardinal George Pell attends the consistory at St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Saturday (CNS photo/Fabio Frustaci, Reuters pool)

Cardinal George Pell has spoken of his surprise at the apparent extent of “criminality” involved in recent Vatican financial scandals. Source: CNA.

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Pope Francis delivers his video message to the judges conference on Monday (Vatican Media)

Guaranteeing justice for all men and women is not possible while a few people control most of the world’s wealth and everyone else’s right to a dignified life is disregarded, Pope Francis said on Monday. Source: CNS.

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The safe house is now welcoming a new intake of vulnerable mums who have reached out for support to raise their babies (Bigstock)

There will be plenty of room at a Brisbane safe house this Christmas after it successfully transitioned its last live-in mother into secure accommodation. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople and Pope Francis attend an interfaith prayer service for peace in Rome in October (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has told the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople that he is confident that Catholics and Orthodox Christians will attain full communion. Source: CNA.

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The report looks at rental affordability for different income groups (Supplied)

New analysis released yesterday revealed that while rental prices have fallen in many cities, rent is still unaffordable for low-income earners in every capital city. Source: News.com.au.

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Bishop Christopher Saunders (ACBC)

A prominent supporter of Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders has demanded Western Australia Police “put up or shut up” in relation to its investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. Source: ABC News.

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St Mary’s Cathedral with a COVID-19 sign-in line (The Catholic Weekly/Patrick J Lee)

New South Wales Labor has joined forces with religious leaders in the outcry of inconsistent restrictions placed on religious observances. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

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Ethiopians who fled the fighting in the Tigray region prepare to board trucks on the Sudan-Ethiopia border (CNS/Reuters, Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Pope Francis renewed his call for peace in Ethiopia after a violent conflict in the country’s northern Tigray region left hundreds dead and forced thousands more to flee. Source: Crux.

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Cardinal John Dew and Sr Margaret Anne Mills (Facebook/Cardinal John Dew and Sisters of Compassion)

The Church in New Zealand is determined to listen, learn and reflect on the evidence of survivors given to the first faith-based redress hearings of the country's Royal Commission into Abuse in Care. Source: NZCBC.

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The social media campaign aims to encourage young people to reach out to their grandparents and older people (CNS/Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life)

One present young people should ask for this Christmas is words of wisdom from older people they know, a Vatican dicastery has suggested. Source: CNS.

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The Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn Women’s Taskforce met online for a reflection day (Catholic Voice)

The Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn Women’s Taskforce is celebrating one year of providing opportunities for connection, faith formation and enhanced participation for women in the Church. Source: Catholic Voice.

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Bishop-Elect Michael Odiwa (The Southern Cross)

Pope Francis has appointed Adelaide parish priest Fr Michael Odiwa to be the next bishop of Homa Bay in western Kenya. Source: The Southern Cross.

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The CFAA launch event (Wollongong Diocese)

Catholic organisations in Wollongong Diocese have been recognised alongside other Christian denominations for their significant contribution to more than $9.7 million in “social impact value” across the Illawarra each year.

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(Unsplash/Sunyu)

Nothing is more important than experiencing the grace and beauty of the Holy Spirit of the Risen Christ. Yet talk of the Spirit – the Giver of life – in our culture can sound strange, writes Br Mark O’Connor FMS. Source: Catholic Outlook.

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Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. (Parramatta Diocese)

Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. has called for an end to the “deplorable” situation facing refugees and asylum-seekers in the heart of Brisbane. Source: The Catholic Leader.

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The aged care royal commission recommended aged care centres have trained infection control officers as a condition of accreditation (Bigstock)

Infection control, mental health and allied health in aged care will get a $132 million boost from the Morrison Government in response to the aged care royal commission’s special report on COVID-19. Source: The Guardian.

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